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CAER News Archive: March 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Podcast of CAER Seminar Speaker - Dr. John Lemmon

The University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research has published another podcast for individuals interested in energy issues.

It explored the topic of Status and Challenges to Implement Large-Scale Energy Storage into the Grid by Dr. John Lemmon from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

- Podcast

Growing world energy consumption, environmental concerns over the use of fossil fuels and the resource constrains have spurred great interests in renewable energy from wind and solar. To effectively dispatch renewable energy into the national grid requires electrical energy storage (EES). EES is also useful to improve reliability, stability and efficiency of a future grid that is expected to be able to provide the electrical requirements to plug-in hybrid vehicles. Among the most promising ones are electrochemical storage technologies or batteries that are capable of storing and releasing electrical energy in accordance with demand. While a number of technologies have been developed or even demonstrated, there remain significant challenges in performance and cost for broad market penetration. As such PNNL has carried out wide research into advanced materials and EES technologies. This presentation will report the efforts and discuss the needs, status and remaining challenges to implement large scale ESS.

Posted by Alice [Link]


The Carbon Capture 101 Workshop is scheduled for September 25 and 26, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.

As the global demand for affordable energy continues to increase, electric power producers face a challenging demand to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. In order to lower CO2 emissions in a cost-effective manner, implementation of various CCS technologies in coal-fired power plants will be a likely scenario in the next 20 years.

Accordingly, this workshop will offer a series of informative technical presentations that will provide an overview of carbon capture technologies and recent research progress. The intended audience will be made up primarily of power industry engineers and scientists along with other key stakeholders wishing to become more informed in carbon management issues and recent technical advances. The workshop objectives are to:

- Present an overview of the near-term carbon capture technologies;
- Identify technical barriers and knowledge gaps in carbon capture systems; and
- Demonstrate a logical method for evaluating solvent/sorbent selection and their impact on plant efficiency.

If interested, please go to the above web site link.

Posted by Alice [Link]

Friday, March 23, 2012

The 23rd NAM Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky from June 2-7, 2013. This meeting is the premier scientific event in the field of catalysis research and development in 2013.

Posted by Alice [Link]

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The 2012 Ohio Valley Organic Petrographers meeting will be held in the Spindletop Administration Building at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research on 29 March 2012. This is an informal meeting and a good way to provide a forum for student research, for an early version of a presentation planned for a meeting later in the year, or for a topic still in the early stages of development.
At this time, we are seeking titles so that we can organize a program.

Please contact Dr. Jim Hower if you wish to submit a title.

Posted by Alice [Link]

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